Management & Governance

Chorus America strengthens the governance, management, marketing, fundraising, and operations of choruses by providing practical tools, templates, training, and strategies for its administrative and board leaders. We track the annual operations of choruses, identify best practices and assessment tools, and help our members build audiences for choral music.

Articles

Getting Your Board on Board with Fundraising

Getting Your Board on Board with Fundraising

Michael Page Miller | Fundraising, Governance, Management/Leadership

Are you frustrated by your board's effectiveness in raising dollars? Finding the right board leaders can yield rich dividends. We explore some of the best techniques for getting your board 'on board'. Read more

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Spending Your Postage Dollars Wisely

Spending Your Postage Dollars Wisely

Frank Hood | Fundraising, Marketing/Public Relations, Operations, Recruitment, Technique/Tool

Like most choruses, you mail postcards, newsletters, reminders, and solicitations for donations on a regular basis. Unfortunately, you may be needlessly and unknowingly wasting money by not knowing enough about the costs and many options associated with mailing. The assumption that mail is just mail has never been more costly. Read more

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Managing the  Transition to a Community Board

Managing the Transition to a Community Board

Mary Ann de Barbieri | Governance, Strategic Planning

Choruses undergo many transitions in their life span—founder transitions, music director transitions, transitions from volunteer to paid staff. Perhaps the most delicate of these important transitions is the evolution from a singer board to a community board. This shift from a board comprised predominately of singers who have responsibility for every facet of the organization to a governing body with broad community representation can be both a challenging and lengthy process. Read more

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How to Create a Five-Star Board

How to Create a Five-Star Board

Chorus America Staff | Governance, Recruitment

Developing a dynamic board requires identifying a pool of strong candidates, the ability to select the right ones for your organization, and an effective board orientation. It is also important to engage and educate your trustees, to have an effective board rotation plan, to ensure that your representation is diverse, and to evaluate performance so that your board improves with age. And of course, it is always important to show your appreciation to the trustees who give your arts organization its special personality. Read more

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When Choruses Collaborate

When Choruses Collaborate

Kelsey Menehan | Community Outreach, Diversity, Education, Impact/Value

A chorus by its very nature is a collaboration - singers, instrumentalists, music directors, front-office staff—all, according to Webster, performing work or labor together, especially literary (read artistic) pursuits." So it comes as no surprise that choruses would extend that collaborative spirit beyond their own organizations. Read more

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Navigating a Founder Transition

Navigating a Founder Transition

Smooth Sailing or Rough Seas?

Mary Ann de Barbieri | Careers, Conducting, Governance, Operations, Strategic Planning

What image comes to mind when you hear the term founder transition? Do you think tempest? Do you think sunset cruise? During my work as an arts management consultant I have encountered many organizations navigating a founder transition. This experience has given me a great deal of respect for those who have made successful founder transitions and is the basis for the observations and suggestions I share with organizations facing this important evolution. Read more

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10 Steps To Developing A Diverse Board

10 Steps To Developing A Diverse Board

Berit Lakey | Diversity, Governance

There’s a good chance that, like many nonprofits, you aren’t happy with your attempts to achieve diversity. If your best-intentioned efforts are failing, consider these 10 steps to promoting inclusion on your board. Read more

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The Leadership Triad

The Leadership Triad

Oliver Tessier | Governance, Management/Leadership

Few performing arts organizations need to be told they are unique. To start with, the leadership structure of performing arts groups is as distinctive from other nonprofits as performing arts groups are from each other. While most nonprofits divide leadership between the board and the chief executive, performing arts organizations include an artistic director and distribute leadership responsibility within a triad. Read more

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A New Ethics Environment

A New Ethics Environment

Michael G. Daig... | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Operations

You may think that choruses are immune from the transformations that will result from the business and ethics crises that beset politicians and corporations. Far from it. Ethics touches every element of a modern chorus—including board, management, artists, and audience. Read more

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7 Critical Questions to Help Your Chorus Develop an Ethics Program

7 Critical Questions to Help Your Chorus Develop an Ethics Program

Michael G. Daig... | Governance, Legal/Licensing, Management/Leadership, Operations

Ask these seven questions to start laying the foundation for an ethics program for your chorus, as recommended in "A New Ethics Environment" by Michael Daigneault, Esq. Read more

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Resources

Email Marketing Makeover

Email Marketing Makeover

admin_ca | Marketing/Public Relations

Email has the highest ROI of any digital marketing channel. Are you maximizing your campaigns to drive open rates and conversions? Learn how to get more engagement and click-throughs, as well as best practices for email design, subject lines, segmenting lists, behavior-based sending, and the basics of email automation. You will walk away with actionable knowledge to implement at your organization right away. Read more

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Making the Ask

Making the Ask

admin_ca | Fundraising

Does soliciting donors create stress, invoke fear, or cause anxiety? Learn some easy steps as well as "do's and don'ts" to ensure your fundraising campaign is a huge success! You will be armed with tried-and-true techniques and a fundraising philosophy that will make you comfortable with masking the ask. This session is for people of all roles and will be particularly helpful for staff and Board members who want to transform your chorus and realize your organization's artistic and educational goals. Read more

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Picking the Right Software for Your Chorus

Picking the Right Software for Your Chorus

admin_ca | Technology

With dozens of options for database software, features and pricing plans to sort through, how do you choose the right system for your organization? Learn how to select your software with confidence using a proven process. Idealware will cover how to evaluate your organization's needs, assemble a software selection team, sort through your options, review and test the software, and manage a smooth implementation. Whether you are considering your very first donor management system, or you hope to switch in the next year, you'll save yourself a lot of headaches by following these best practices Read more

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Using Social Media to Engage Your Audiences

Using Social Media to Engage Your Audiences

admin_ca | Audiences, Social Media

Are you looking for the right social media mix for your chorus? Perhaps you have a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. account set up, but need some help using these platforms to effectively engage your audiences and support your chorus' mission. Join Anne Longmore, director of marketing at the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and a public relations professor at Humber College to discuss strategies and goals so that you can reach the people you need to reach without falling down the social media rabbit hole. Read more

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Building A Development Plan

Building A Development Plan

admin_ca | Strategic Planning

A strong development plan can help map out your chorus’s fundraising strategy for the whole year. Development specialists Shayla Hines from Chorus America and Emma Moores from The Washington Chorus will walk you through the fundamentals of creating a plan that sets your organization up for success. In this hands-on webinar, you’ll work through a template in real-time, walking away with a first draft that can help you build a year-long plan. If this is your first time building a plan, or you just need a refresher of the basics, this is a session you won’t want to miss! Read more

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Permissions and Licensing

Permissions and Licensing

admin_ca | Legal/Licensing

Securing the rights to perform, commission, record or distribute music is an enduring and evolving landscape for choruses. Composer Abbie Betinis will explain each of the different types of rights relevant to choruses, how to secure those rights, their importance to composers, and how evolving technology plays a role. Read more

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Singer Information Form

Singer Information Form

Chorus America Staff | General, Operations, Performance, Sample/Template, Singing

Use this singer information form template to gather information during the audition process.  Read more

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Events

National Chorale’s 50th Anniversary Online Auction

National Chorale’s 50th Anniversary Online Auction

Michelle Tabnick PR |

Bidding is now open at www.nationalchorale50thanniversary.org  Read more

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Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal

Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal

1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10128

Michelle Tabnick PR | Conducting

  Works & Process at the Guggenheim presents Open Rehearsal: Steve Reich and Ensemble Signal on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7:30pm. Read more

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Cathedra

Cathedra

McLean, VA

Alison Combes | Performance

Cathedra in concert at Saint Luke Catholic Church in McLean, VA.  www.singcathedra.org Read more

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Autumn Rhapsody

Autumn Rhapsody

New York, New York

melodianyc | Performance

  Vivaldi's Magnificat, as originally performed by women's voices Dvořák's Largo, part of NY Phil 175th Anniversary New World Symphony U.S. Premiere of Seven Blake Songs by Rudi Tas NY Preimere of Ütle Sina (Tell Me) by Tonu Kõrvits  Read more

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Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

Joy! Christmas in the Basilica

2333 S. 6th St. Milwaukee, WI 53215

Bel Canto Chorus | Audiences

This ever-popular event, named to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s “Fifteen Top Holiday Concerts in Milwaukee” list in 2015, will once again fill the Basilica of St. Josaphat.  Performed by Bel Canto and accompanied by Kevin Bailey on the organ and Stained Glass Brass, this year’s concert includes the premiere of a work by Christian Ellenwood along with the traditional carols and songs of the season that people have come to know and love.  Make this annual experience part of your holiday tradition. Read more

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THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

THE MUSIC OF DAN FORREST

Seventh Avenue and 57th Street, New York, New York

andrea@DCINY.org | Adults/Seniors, Audiences, Children/Youth, Community Outreach, Composing/Commissioning, Conducting, Families, Government/Policy, Health, Impact/Value, Management/Leadership, Marketing/Public Relations, Networking, Participation, Performance, Professional, Recruitment, Rehearsal, Repertoire, Schools, Science, Singing, Social Media, Symphonic, Venue

DCINY proudly presents a concert of works by visiting composer Dan Forrest. Requiem for the Living is a lush five-movement exploration of life, love, loss, and renewal, for orchestra and choir. The work will be performed by the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International, led by Associate Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. James M. Meaders. The rest of the all-Forrest program will be conducted by Jo-Michael Scheibe of USC Thornton School of Music. Read more

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MasterVoices Announces Appointment of New Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles

MasterVoices Announces Appointment of New Co-Chairs of the Board of Directors: Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles

115 E. 57th St, 11th Floor, NYC 10022

emilymt |

  MasterVoices announces the appointment of two new Co-Chairs of its Board of Directors, Jewelle Bickford and Deborah Stiles, to succeed its former Co-Chairs, Susan Baker and George Grumbach. Read more

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UPDATE on New York Choral Consortium's  Free Winter Workshop!. NEW TOPIC: Know and Grow Your Audience and Technology Tools That Can Help, plus Stealthy Ear Training -- This Saturday January 10 -- Reserve Now!

UPDATE on New York Choral Consortium's Free Winter Workshop!. NEW TOPIC: Know and Grow Your Audience and Technology Tools That Can Help, plus Stealthy Ear Training -- This Saturday January 10 -- Reserve Now!

NY, NY

Cathy Fischer -... | Education, Rehearsal, Singing, Technique/Tool

New York Choral Consortium is proud to present a day-long workshop on audience development and choral ear training at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, in NYC, from 9:30 am to 4 pm.  Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served, providing excellent opportunities to network and mingle with your colleagues from across the choral community. Read more

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Dialogue

Age Discrimination?

Age Discrimination?

Anonymous |

Giving ticket discounts to seniors and students is a widespread practice, but should we be concerned about age discrimination? Read more

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